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Barack Obama’s Era of Hopelessness
Power Line, by John Hinderaker

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 10/19/2013 12:26:13 AM

Of all the bitter fruit of the Barack Obama disaster, the most bitter may be the sense of hopelessness that has descended on Americans, especially the young. Has there ever been anything like it in our history? Even on the eve of the Civil War, was there this much pessimism about our future? Gallup wasn’t around in those days, but I wonder. For a simple measure of how the Obama administration has crushed any sense of hopefulness in the American people, take a look at the survey that Rasmussen Reports does periodically on whether America’s best days are behind her,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oh-heck, 10/19/2013 12:32:37 AM     (No. 9572020)

You need to go back to the great depression and FDR´s attempt to create government control of the economy. There is a correlation between government control and individual hopelessness.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JediJerry, 10/19/2013 12:45:03 AM     (No. 9572025)

Ahhhh yes.... from Hope & Change.....to God-da#n I hope this changes real soon! What the hell just happened! We didn´t know this is what he meant by fundamental transformation. The son of a beyatch anyway. OK Dorothy, click those ruby red slippers together and dream " I want to go home, I want to go home, I want to go home...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: clw54, 10/19/2013 12:51:08 AM     (No. 9572029)

Obama is just a symptom of cultural rot the left has brought us. We had a clear choice between a good man who wanted to get this country on the right track and people chose what we have now.

Right now I wonder how far the pendulum has to swing to the left before people decide they´ve had enough.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: scottc, 10/19/2013 2:16:01 AM     (No. 9572062)

Creating hopelessness is the leftwing extremists goal therefore the only help will be big daddy government. Just surrender all your thoughts, rights and personal will and big brother will love you.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 10/19/2013 2:30:12 AM     (No. 9572065)

Do not let the left direct your sight..there is hope...open your eyes...The transformation of America is underway....just not what Obama wants or expected...


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/17/why-house-stenographer-dianne-reidy-snapped.html


Instead of querying whether the Congressional stenographer is a mentally ill woman....perhaps the conversation surrounding her out-of-character moment, when she walked to the microphone and delivered a message ....a message she had no idea what it was that would come forth from her lips...yet she had complete faith the Holy Spirit would guide her and His words would come ..... the message she delivered were not her words. Consider her message may indeed be directly from God...to us, the American People.


“He will not be mocked!” she had begun. “The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God….”


Can you imagine a more pertinent message God would want you to hear?? Be strengthened. Have hope...We have a leader well beyond the strength of the likes of Barack Obama and his minions.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: steveW, 10/19/2013 2:38:30 AM     (No. 9572072)

Free, independent, self-reliant people - the very last thing the Left wants. The Left wants a weak, dependent populace, one that it can "save" and distribute its so-called "fairness" to.

This is why Barack Obama was elected, and this is the "fundamental transformation" he promised. The irony that his followers have been hoping for hopelessness is entirely lost upon them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Tom Kilbride, 10/19/2013 2:51:59 AM     (No. 9572075)

By following the same strategy that FDR used in the 1930s, Obama has deepened and prolonged what might otherwise have been a mild recession.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/19/2013 2:53:01 AM     (No. 9572076)

A couple weeks ago,Obama said raising the debt ceiling didn´t raise the debt but within hours of it being raised,we racked another 1/3 of a trillion overnight.I guess this means the already borrowed past the ceiling before the crisis even hit.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 10/19/2013 3:02:48 AM     (No. 9572081)

We have only begun to see the devastation that socialism brings. It took Russia 70 years to throw off the communists. America may be in for a century or more of abject misery. Every federal agency is mobilizing for subjugation and slavery of the people.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 4justice, 10/19/2013 3:07:53 AM     (No. 9572085)

It´s not just the young. I know plenty of 50 + year olds who feel despair, hopelessness, anger, imprisoned, etc. This is no longer the land of the free. There is no more American Dream. We don´t recognize our country and especially society anymore. It is not just economic, it is also the fundamental changes in society, attitudes, morals, behaviors..everything that are spiraling our lives out of control and down the toilet. And none of us see much of a future anymore.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/19/2013 3:10:24 AM     (No. 9572086)

Ah, Power Line. I´d feel a little less hopeless if you guys would stop back-stabbing conservatives and Tea Partiers at every turn. It´s not the Dems that break my heart, they´re behaving true to form. It´s the so called "right" that pulls the rug out from under anyone who tries to fight the Socialist juggernaut.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/19/2013 3:39:13 AM     (No. 9572095)

Hopelessness ? I don´t remember such a time of despair, suffering, ill will, anger, depression, poverty, and division in my lifetime and I´ve been around for a long time. Next will come the riots while the opposition rubs their hands together in glee.

How´s that hope and change working for you ?
It´s not. We are being played.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JAN, 10/19/2013 6:48:56 AM     (No. 9572155)

For political gain this evil man has ripped the heart out of the African American community by convincing them that the rest of America hates them and wishes them harm.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: franq, 10/19/2013 6:51:20 AM     (No. 9572156)

The incident #5 describes is germane to what I was saying in the wake of the Newtown shooting.
People (even some on this site) were clamoring for psychological evaluations of gun buyers. Look at this woman. Speaking Scripture. Surely she is mentally unstable, and must be institutionalized or medicated. Catch my drift?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: franq, 10/19/2013 7:05:53 AM     (No. 9572171)

The 24-hour news cycle does much to foment the despair many posters describe.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bmw50, 10/19/2013 7:33:26 AM     (No. 9572208)

What Obama and the Democrat Party has done is buy votes using the public treasury. They have used subsidies, grants, awarded contracts and bought off legislatures to get then on board with the Party. Along with this, the have constructed ways to make as many individuals as possible dependent on the government by increasing the number of unemployment, welfare and food stamp recipients and by taking control of everyone´s healthcare. Then they open the borders letting illegals in making sure the illegal understands this is done by Democrats, ensuring their votes. If you´re part of a minority group, regardless of how illegal or perverted it is, Democrats become your non-judgmental partner, excusing your behavior against the evil racists on the right.
All this has lead to a nation divided, depressed and sinking in unsustainable debt. But trying to get Democrats to curb spending and live by a budget is like trying to reason with a thief to stop stealing. It´s their livelihood, it´s how they live, it´s how they get and protect their power. They will not stop, they cannot stop, they will not stop. They act like rabid dogs when you try to shut down spending... but it will be paid sooner or later and if it´s later, it will get ugly.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: M2, 10/19/2013 7:43:21 AM     (No. 9572216)

Great work, Barry. This is your true legacy: hopelessness.

Indeed, but it´s deliberate. I don´t doubt that Obama had lofty goals to "fundamentally remake America" and he has done that. But his goals were to subjugate the people to socialism or communism. In his eyes, a people depressed and hopeless will acquiesce to any drug to bring themselves out of it.

Those drugs are being supplied by this Administration in the form of generational welfare, reparations, entitlements and cradle-to-grave government largesse.

They would say, "What´s wrong with that?" What is wrong is that it robs individuals of self-worth, fulfillment of their desires, use of their God-given gifts and the loss of their freedom due to the cancerous expansion of government.

It´s insidious and hideous and it´s deliberate.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 10/19/2013 7:52:24 AM     (No. 9572224)

Oh just stop it. If you ALLOW IT, yes, you can feel hopelessness, aka sorry for yourself.

Or, you can get off your sorry butt and get energized! Strengthen your will, straighten your spine, lift your chin, and keep going toward that which you know is better - for yourself, your family, and your country. We have enough losers in this politico-cultural environment - why add yourself?

Remember - whatever you put up into the Cosmos will multiply and return down onto your head. You can get angry, but use that to motivate yourself to do something ABOUT IT.

And, just a note to #2.... with all due respect, some of us DID know what he meant by fundamental transformation. Just the dictionary definitions of those words told us what he meant. HE told us what he meant! A little research into his background (doing the work the MSM didn´t/WOULDN´T do) told us the details.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/19/2013 7:55:40 AM     (No. 9572230)

I´m 60 years old and #10 described me perfectly.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: strike3, 10/19/2013 7:57:24 AM     (No. 9572232)

Unhappy, depressed people who know the cause of their condition get angry, break out their pitchforks and take back what was stolen from them. It won´t be long now. I hope the government has built enough doomsday shelters in the mountains to hold all of them.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 10/19/2013 8:19:33 AM     (No. 9572252)

This national depression can be measured by a few empty shelves in every sporting goods store of every town in this great country. This isn´t Russia of 100 years ago as another poster mentioned.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/19/2013 8:29:12 AM     (No. 9572264)

Of course the older generation feels hopeless. We remember this country when it was at its best. We know what is possible because we have seen it with our own eyes. Now as we look to the future our grandchildren will inherit, we are sad and we are angry that they and their children will never experience our America. The country has lost its way in the 60´s. We were told to question authority. God is dead. If it feels good, do it. Make love, not war. Trust no one over 30. Our culture was under attack. Traditional America was not hip or cool. Evidently a large part of the country bought these lies, hook, line and sinker while the rest of us were busy educating ourselves, working and raising families. We just didn´t realize the focused determination of this movement. Now we are reaping our apathy. I pray to God that there is still a remnant of traditional Americans in both parties who will pull together and fight for the soul of this country. That group is the TEA Party. We have the antidote to Obama´s poison. It is freedom. Get involved today or sentence your children and grandchildren to a life of hopelessness.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 10/19/2013 8:44:41 AM     (No. 9572285)

Yeah. I´m near-60 and I´m fighting that hopelessness every waking moment. And now those moments are occurring from midnight to 3 AM on workdays! The problem for all of us is... WHAT exactly do we DO about this intended destruction of American civilization?

During these early morning Obamanxiety attacks I´ve written letters to representatives, media people, etc. But what we all want is something strategic we can do. Something NOT merely symbolic, and something that will inform and change the minds of fellow citizens. We who believe in freedom, in the Constitution, are not outnumbered by Leftists--we´re outnumbered by "ignorants."

I think the weak part of the link is the mainstream media. We can expose them by simply quoting them. We can destroy their credibility with the 10-minutes of news-a-day crowd. We can´t all march on the Elitist News bastion of NYC, but we can march in front of our local newspapers, exposing the biases of the Associated Press and demanding our papers stop shoving AP stories in our faces.

There´s a lot of small donation political money that used to go to the Republican Party that could be used on billboards. What message? Quote the left. Expose hypocrisy in the media. Put on billboards the stories they haven´t covered: "Didja know... there´s been no global warming for the past __ years? You didn´t know that? Oh. You must get your news from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, or John Stewart."

Regular folks like us can make THEM the issue, and take away the Left´s cover. Local TV will cover protests in front of newspapers. They´ll also cover protests against radio stations who subscribe to incredibly slanted top-of-the-hour news from sources like ABC radio. We can use media´s competition with each other to our cause.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: maryc, 10/19/2013 9:13:50 AM     (No. 9572339)

It is the propaganda press that makes us feel defeated. It is the plan that communists perfected. We can win but first the press must be defeated. The left uses it like the threat of a firing squad. The lie and distort and present it as fact. Going after those who advertise there is the only way to cash starve the lefts mouthpiece

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Reply 25 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/19/2013 9:22:25 AM     (No. 9572350)

Remember just a few short months ago when the Mooch stood before the adoring DNC crowd and announced that "Barack loves you". Less than a year later, he is closing national parks, sending storm trooper to harass citizens in parks both large and small, denying aging WWII veterans access to their memorial, refusing to fund cancer research for children, name calling and pitching tantrums when he does not get his way.

Who in their right mind would want to be "loved" by such a petty, spiteful, small minded, tryannical, and very dangerous individual.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Freeloader, 10/19/2013 9:33:21 AM     (No. 9572367)

"When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people mourn."
-Proverbs 29:2

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Arby, 10/19/2013 9:57:33 AM     (No. 9572410)

This is precisely how the European social democracies feel. People believe that positive change is impossible and so they retreat into themselves. They drink; they focus on local trivia, etc. The leftie politicians are then free to continue to do whatever they want. The most that you can possibly hope for is a centrist alternative. The ship doesn´t get righted but it lurches in water with fewer sharks.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/19/2013 10:03:45 AM     (No. 9572423)

You’ve got to hand it to those Lefties; they managed to turn America into East Germany in 5 short years.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: geoguy, 10/19/2013 10:21:36 AM     (No. 9572459)

I´m 60 and I feel like I´m running a marathon; just putting one foot in front of the other and looking at the horizon hoping the finishing line will come in view soon. I know there is so much pent up business activity that will let loose as soon as this tyrant retires.

My son and his friend have jobs, but there is little hope of their lives improving of any significance. I tell him this "recovery" feels exactly like Carter´s recession. I tell my son not to give up. In three and a half years this will be over. Life for the producers of this country will be BEAUTIFUL again.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 10/19/2013 10:28:25 AM     (No. 9572477)

All according to plan.

Obama is a tyrant and the thieves are in charge.

The Democrat party, and probably half of the Republican party marching in lock step behind Obama. The supreme court subverted. The media props up corruption. Has the government betrayed the people?

If we survive this, there will need to be changes because our system of checks and balances has been destroyed.

Show the Obama gang that the American desire for freedom, prosperity, and justice will never be destroyed.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/19/2013 10:37:09 AM     (No. 9572490)

I can´t restrain myself. The Fourth Reich.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 10/19/2013 10:41:11 AM     (No. 9572497)

One day handing out pamphlets on a windy Chicago street corner. The next day issuing executive orders from his desk in the Oval Office. Talk about Affirmative Action…

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 10/19/2013 10:43:35 AM     (No. 9572501)

Thank you stupid, uniformed voters, Democrat Congress, liberal media, and Justice Roberts. Obama couldn´t work his magic if it were not for you.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Objectivity, 10/19/2013 11:31:53 AM     (No. 9572580)

Personally, I tip my hat to posters 5, 11 & 27.

And never forget the ´media´ class is sub-conciously endorsing & supporting all of Team 44....even if they do not fully appreciate their own idiocy, forgetting about any standard of ´professionalism´.

There is no way folks fought the Revolution or Civil Wars for this...

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Hazymac, 10/19/2013 11:37:21 AM     (No. 9572587)

#5, correctly reading the symbolism in the Congressional stenographer´s psychological meltdown, makes a case that is full of poetic verisimilitude, which recalls Faulkner´s great tragi-comic novel As I Lay Dying.

I can almost hear some thinking out loud: What in the world is he talking about? Let me explain. At the beginning of the novel the Bundren family of Faulkner´s fictional patch of earth, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, awaits the death of the matriarch Addie Bundren. Her methodical son Cash lovingly joins together the boards that will make up her coffin, holding each one up for her inspection and approval, while the rest of the family (husband Anse, daughter Dewey Dell, and sons Darl, Jewel, Cash, and young Vardaman) reveal their personalities through words and vignettes. After Addie passes away the family puts her coffin on the back of a horse drawn flatbed and travels through fire, flood, and disaster to reach her burial place, which is far away from the Bundren home. What´s the reason for undertaking this perilous journey? There really isn´t one, other than the fact that Anse can find another woman and "get them teeth" that he desires. The poetic and deeply sensitive Darl goes crazy when they reach their destination, and has to be placed in an instituition: "Looking out, he foams." But in reality, Darl is the only sane mamber of the family. He sees things as they actually are, and cannot function in an illogical, upside down world.

Perhaps it is the same with the congressional stenographer. When the world is a madhouse, what can one who truly sees do but go insane?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 10/19/2013 11:58:16 AM     (No. 9572628)

Hinderaker, a lawyer, is being devious and untruthful in this piece. Check his bold claim against a fact here:

FTA: "... the Obama administration has crushed any sense of hopefulness in the American people, … 31% of Likely U.S. Voters think America’s best days are still to come.”

Yes, those of us who cherish being "the American people" are crushed.

But what about the "31% [surprising that it wasn´t 47%] of Likely...Voters [who] think America´s best days are still to come?"

The parasites know there is still some blood left in the host. They, too, will become depressed when the host staggers and falls.

And the elites, who have enslaved all of us, are immune since they make the ´laws.´

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Reply 37 - Posted by: EQKimball, 10/19/2013 12:11:35 PM     (No. 9572647)

The future of a socialist America resembles the sad pathology of adult children who are allowed to live at home, not work, sleep in, play computer games, stay up all night watching television, in time becoming unable to stand on their own two feet. Depressed, yes. Even more depressing to witness.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Cedar, 10/19/2013 12:17:30 PM     (No. 9572657)

See this: If I Were the Devil: Paul Harvey (Clean Audio Version) at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaGVCO6CByQ
Mar 22, 2012 - Uploaded by Joe Donahue

We can´t let one skinny stupid liberal black man and his equally stupid liberal cronies get to us.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: A Burrite, 10/19/2013 12:54:13 PM     (No. 9572716)

*Unhappy, depressed people lose their will
and are easier to control"? Only in Washington, D.C. and only in the ranks of the RINOs. Otherwise - we are Americans, and we don´t believe this Barbra Streisand.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 10/19/2013 2:20:51 PM     (No. 9572808)

My hope is in the Lord, not in the princes or the powers of this world. I have come to believe that we have no political solution, and it has been a hard journey coming to this realization. When we were a free people our Judeo-Christian heritage and ethics encouraged an active citizenry with rights and responsibilities. Over time those in power have usurped the responsibilities of the individual and therefore have robbed them of their rights. Political activities on the part of the citizen only have meaning if the elected representatives are responsive to the will of the people. As we have seen and experienced for decades, and especially in the last 5 years, our “Republican representatives” are complicit in the tyranny of omnipresent governmental control. They have broken the social contract.

I have no responsibilities to a communist dictatorship. I will not comply with their edicts. I will live my life as an honorable person and fulfill my responsibilities to my God, my family and friends, and those that need my help. Much of the time I used to waste writing letters, forwarding emails and going to meetings, I now spend in prayer and parish work. God is our only hope and true answer. Our nation cries out for a spiritual renewal and the mercy of God to save us. Prayer is our “weapon” for it will unite us with God and His purposes, and give us the grace to live Godly lives in an ungodly time.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: NotaBene, 10/19/2013 6:31:04 PM     (No. 9573043)

Hopelessness is what electing a Communist named after Mohammed´s horse brought US.

42,000,000 beggars on food stamps, 47% not paying taxes and starting now Death Panels.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: seenitallbefore, 10/19/2013 6:43:10 PM     (No. 9573053)

I was in Paris last week with a group of French friends whose political beliefs spanned the spectrum. They were unanimous is their contempt for Francois Hollande, even the socialists among them. They were also unanimously defeatist, even the right-wingers.

When it was obvious that Black Marx was going to be elected, my wife and I looked at our options. We considered moving to Europe and to Canada, even Singapore and Hong Kong. Then we realized that none of these places offered any resistance to the creeping socialism coming our way.

The only place to stop this is right here in the USA. This is the only place where effective resistance to international liberalism exists (and do not forget that 70 million families are armed, whereas in every other country the governments have succeeded in using one horrible incident to disarm the citizenry).

We have the Tea Party, which is not a party but an expression of Americans refusal to succumb. Don´t mope. Get out and support them. Don´t feel sorry for yourself. Get up off your duff and do something. We are not Europeans, we are Americans.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/19/2013 6:54:53 PM     (No. 9573061)

We have got to stop ducking everytime we find fault with Obama´s policies because we are labeled racist. NOT SO.
Beware Hillary Clinton because should she be elected, it will 8 years of "sexist" labels for us or until America ceases to exist, whichever comes first.


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Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 10:19:32 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little as federal agents seized and then released cattle last week from the Bundy ranch, but there is little doubt that the highly charged episode was threatening to become a political headache for the Nevada Democrat. The Bureau of Land Management is headed by former longtime Reid aide Neil Kornze, who was confirmed by the Senate as BLM director on Tuesday, just as federal authorities descended on the cattle ranch outside Mesquite, Nev. Mr. Kornze issued a statement Saturday saying that the bureau would return the cattle and withdraw its agents from the ranch

Democrats settle on fairness
issues hoping to avoid a repeat
of 2010 midterm disaster
Washington Post, by Wesley Lowery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 10:16:38 PM     Post Reply
On the defensive about their prospects in the midterm elections this fall, congressional Democrats have spent all of April savaging the Republican budget proposal, decrying the Koch brothers and championing a series of bills meant to ingratiate themselves to struggling middle-class voters. In promoting legislation that would extend unemployment benefits, increase the minimum wage and promote equal pay for women, the Democrats have declared themselves the party that will ensure a “fair shot” for all. Republicans, they insist, are the party of special interests. It has been a classic Washington messaging campaign for these partisan

For Hillary Clinton and Boeing,
a beneficial relationship
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 10:13:05 PM     Post Reply
On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing. A month later, Clinton was in China, where she jubilantly announced that the aerospace giant would be writing a generous check to help resuscitate floundering U.S. efforts to host a pavilion at the upcoming World’s Fair. Boeing, she said, “has just agreed to double its contribution to $2 million.” Clinton did not point out that, to secure the donation, the State Department

3 dead after suburban Kansas City shooting
Associated Press, by Maria Sudekum    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/13/2014 5:39:19 PM     Post Reply
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Three people were shot and killed Sunday afternoon in suburban Kansas City, and a spokeswoman for a local hospital said a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition. Overland Park city spokesman Sean Reilly says two people died at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus and one was killed at Village Shalom, which is a retirement community that is several blocks away from the center. Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes said Sunday afternoon that one person of interest is in custody. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park

Palin on Sebelius Replacement Sylvia
Burwell: ´You Can´t Make This Stuff Up´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/12/2014 5:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for nominating as his new Health and Human Services Secretary the same woman who ordered the shutdown of the war memorials during the so-called government shutdown last year. After accepting Kathleen Sebelius´ resignation Friday, Obama nominated Sylvia Burwell, the former Office of Management and Budget director. This is the same person who sent the email initiating the barricading of the memorials, even as veterans were arriving in D.C. on their "honor flights" to see the memorials that they built. Palin, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee

The five extra words that can
fix the Second Amendment
Washington Post, by John Paul Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:35:30 PM     Post Reply
Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents. Those killings, however, are only a fragment of the total harm caused by the misuse of firearms. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the

U.S. blocks Iran’s pick as envoy to
U.N., setting up new confrontation
Washington Post, by Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:32:08 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said Friday that it would block Iran’s nominee as ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States, setting up a new confrontation with Tehran just as relations with the Islamic republic appeared to be improving. The decision to bar entry to the diplomat, who was allegedly involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, followed intense political pressure on the administration from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. But it also marked a rare instance in which Washington has effectively vetoed another country’s preferred choice as envoy to the United Nations. Iran

Distressed homeowners seeking
mortgage relief could get
stuck with a big tax bill
Washington Post, by Dina ElBoghdady    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:28:52 PM     Post Reply
Struggling homeowners across the country could face significant new tax bills if they receive mortgage relief from their banks, a prospect that threatens to slow the housing recovery and put further strain on distressed borrowers. The collapse of the housing market and plunging home prices left millions of people stuck owing more on their mortgages than their homes were worth. Some have worked with their banks to reduce the loan amount to avoid foreclosure or enable a sale. In 2007, Congress adopted a law that spared those homeowners from being taxed on the amount of the loan that was forgiven. But



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Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
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The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
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Students Demand Acknowledgement of
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
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Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
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Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
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Pelosi assists in Holy Week
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Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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